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Wild Garlic Pesto, Chicken & Orzo Bake

Wild Garlic Pesto


Wild Garlic Pesto, Chicken & Orzo Bake

A gorgeous one pot hero dish that everyone will love made with Cornish Wild Garlic Pesto and free range Cornish Chicken.

The recipe below serves 4-6 depending on how many chicken thighs each person can eat.

Takes 45 minutes to prepare


To make this recipe you will need:

And here’s how to do it…

  • Set the oven to 200⁰
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet.
  • Brown the chicken thighs skin side down in it, for around 5 minutes.
  • Once golden, set them aside on a plate.
  • In the same pan, now add the leek and soften for 5 minutes.
  • Add the orzo and toast slightly in the leeks and butter.
  • Add all of the stock and one tablespoon of the Wild Garlic Pesto.
  • Bring to a simmer. It may seem very liquidy, but the orzo will absorb all of that soon.
  • Add parmesan rind if you have one, and salt and pepper.
  • Put the chicken on the top of the orzo and stock, skin side up in a circle.
  • Put the whole dish into the oven for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes, top each chicken thigh with a small spoonful of the pesto, about 1tsp. And a slice of thin cheddar.
  • Sprinkle the breadcrumbs across the top of each piece of cheese and put it all back in the oven.
  • A further 15 minutes, and you should have golden breadcrumbs, perfectly cooked chicken, and melty cheese with gorgeous silky orzo beneath. 

Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon and enjoy!


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